Have you ever wondered what it was like when we "turned out the stallions" at the beginning of the breeding season? Here's a great example of what it's like on the R.A. Brown Ranch near Throckmorton, TX. We not only foal out in the open, but we also pasture breed. The mares are divided into groups and the studs are then added to the different paddocks. Here are two of our resident stallions. First up, with plenty of experience, is twenty-year-old Colonel Jazz. Next in the video is a three-year-old, Take A Pick, who has quite a harem. Enjoy one of our favorite times of the year!
HESA EDDIE HANCOCK by Eddie Eighty and out of a Two Rocks Lad mare is one of the finest studs we have raised. He adds a significant amount of foundation blood back into our mares, tracing back three times to Joe Hancock, Eddie and Blue Rock and twice to Hollywood Gold. This 1992 gray stallion is a nice headed horse with a long, pretty neck and lots of bone. Although he has many years on him now, he still breeds several mares a year. He has always been a soft mover with a gentleman’s disposition. His influence lives long at the R.A. Brown Ranch with many of his sons and grandsons being ridden and many of his daughters and granddaughters raising foals. And most significantly, he produced Blue Eddie Hancock, who proved to be a vital stallion for many years.
CGB COLONEL JAZZ is by Colonels Leo San and out of Peppy Sal Freckles, a double bred Colonel Freckles stud whose disposition is as impressive as his looks. And this black stud’s performance in the roping pen was even better. While being hauled extensively for many years in the youth rodeo and roping ranks, Jazz shined in both tie down roping and team roping, including a Performance Register of Merit and qualifying for the World Show in Jr Tie-Down Roping. Once retired from the arena, he began making his mark as a stallion, throwing eye-catching foals with lots of bone year after year. Because of his offspring’s’ disposition and build, his weanlings have been the top sellers in our annual sale the last few years. And those we kept to ride have not disappointed us. For the 2016 breeding season, Jazz not only bred several R.A. Brown Ranch mares, but also 15 of Craig Haythorn’s top mares (Haythorn Land & Cattle, Arthur, NE.) Since Jazz is now in his 20’s, we obviously will be keeping one of his new young colts to keep these genetics in our program!
SEVEN S KEOTA is by Shining Spark and out of Seven S Suzanna (by Son O Leo) and not only brings the beautiful palomino color to the table, but offers us the great minds and reining ability that Shining Sparks are known for. He is a 1993 model that we were fortunate enough to trade Clark Cattle Company for a few years ago. Keota has sired a couple of money earners in NCHA but is more known for making gentle, sound, and tough ranch horses that are versatile and easy to train.
TAKE A PICK TAKE A PICK is one of the most promising young stallions we’ve been able to acquire. Just a 2013 born, by Sixes Pick and out of Sixes Playgun (by Playgun) going on back to Peppy San Badger, we have high expectations for his first foals born in 2016. Take A Pick is a full brother to Sixes Sixgun, Crofoot Ranches resident stallion and performance champion. He started his showing career the fall of 2016 in Versatility Ranch Horse, Reined Cow Horse, and Ranching Heritage Challenge and has already built quite a resume' including an AQHA World Championship in Ranch Horse Versatility with Lanham Brown in the saddle. You will have to search a long time to find a ranch horse with such an incredible disposition and we're hopeful that will be passed on to his progeny. Take a look at his up to date accomplishments under his tab in Performance Horses.
C D Colonel Cummins
A 1998 gray stallion by Vagabond Colonel and out of Customized HotRod
Cummins was purchased from our friends, Doug and Chris Hardcastle, in the spring of 2015. He has a wonderful disposition with lots of personality; he has the confirmation, bone and structure, and proven pedigree. Cummins has his Register Merit in halter, and, in 2005, was in Top 10 in the Nation as an Aged Halter Stallion.